How to Soak Vegetables & Fruit in Sea Salt Water to Remove Pesticides


Washing your vegetables and fruit with plain water doesn't always do the job. It may wash away lose dirt, but pesticides are invisible to the naked eye and may remain behind. To effectively remove pesticides from your produce, it's best to soak them in a sea salt and water solution. This mildly acidic cleanser is much more effective at removing pesticides and other contaminants that would otherwise end up in your system. However, no amount of washing will remove the pesticides incorporated into the flesh of the produce as they grow. Your best bet at avoiding pesticides altogether is to buy organic whenever possible.

Step 1

Fill a large bowl with room temperature tap water.

Step 2

Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into the bowl, followed by 1 tsp. of sea salt and stir the solution well.

Step 3

Rinse the vegetables and fruit off with tap water and rub them lightly with your hands. Then submerge them into the solution.

Step 4

Allow the produce to soak in the sea salt solution for two minutes.

Step 5

Remove the vegetables and fruit from the solution. Scrub them with a vegetable brush then rinse them off with tap water.

Step 6

Dry the vegetables off.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Water
  • Bowl


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